Forever Young

By Kathy A. Lewis

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Perhaps you caught the story a few years ago online: A 56 year-old inventor and author predicted that human immortality is no more than 20 years away! In preparation for this breakthrough, MIT graduate, Ray Kurzweil’s daily regimen includes ingesting 250 supplements, 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea. His plan is to extend his life long enough to achieve immortality.

In his latest book, “Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever,” Kurzweil predicts that within 20 years, human intelligence will not only conquer its biological limits, (including death) but will also completely master the natural world. He predicts there will be no more disease and we won’t even need a heart! Kurzweil writes of “millions of blood cell-sized robots, which he calls ‘nanobots,’ that will keep us forever young by swarming through the body, repairing bones, muscles, arteries and brain cells.”

Is this the desperate fantasy of a man in his mid-fifties who can’t face his own mortality? More than likely it is. But let’s just suppose he is right. Is this something we would even wish for?

No doubt, most of us want to live forever. In fact, I’ve met very few people in my role as a hospital Chaplain who want to die. And yet, what would it look like if each one of us had immortality, right now?

 Can you imagine the negative impact of a person like Hitler or Manson living forever? We all know there are many persons living who are driven by selfishness, greed and a lust for power. There are those who walk among us whose hearts are bent continually on evil and destruction. What kind of world would we have to look forward to where these kinds of people have immortality?

That’s why I’m glad that Kurzweil is wrong. Man will never unlock the secret of immortality. God alone is immortal and will grant eternal life only to those who have shown by their brief stay on this planet, that they can be trusted with it. God alone will grant immortality to those who have demonstrated that they love Him supremely and love their neighbor as themselves.